Matreshka Festival at Wafi Mall
For the first time in the UAE, DXP Production has teamed up with WAFI Shopping Mall to present the WAFI Matreshka Festival! Five wonderful weeks of Russian Culture! From 16th October to 19th November, the history, beauty, and art of the Russian culture will fill the air with fun and excitement and will let our guests feel the wonderful atmosphere filled with Russian culture.
Fashion Week, 16-22 October
Fashion Week will kick off the festival on the 16th of October with an official launch ceremony and exclusive fashion shows and presentations. The event will be attended by the members of the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Dubai, VIP guests, Fashion superstars, and UAE media. Also on the day, DXP will launch the traditional Russian Yarmarka where shoppers can browse through designer items from A La Russe, Katya Dobryakova, Denis Simachev, and of course, an assortment of Matreshka dolls. Ex Miss Russia, Victoria Lopyreva will open the evening with the fashion show of A La Russe. While guests will also be given a master class by the talented Russian designer Ekaterina Dobryakova. After the presentation, DXP keeps the action going by inviting the guests to Khan Murjan for a lovely dinner to remember with the stars!
For the rest of the weekend, DXP will continue the action with more shows of A La Russe and Ekaterina Dobryakova, and even a special master class by TV and Fashion Star Alexander Rogov on Friday.
Sport Week, 23-29 October
Russia is a natural leader in many of the world’s international sporting competition, so it’s only natural to bring Russian sports stars as part of this energy filled festival! Sport week, taking place between 23 and 29 of October, will feature amazing Ballroom Dance Performances by the Russian Dance Studio in Dubai, while on the 24th of October professional Russian gymnasts will show the crowd why Russian has so many gold medals in gymnastics! On Saturday, Guinness Book Record Holder - Evgenii Papunaishvili, who has successfully conducted a flash mob featuring 1830 dancers, will give a master class just for Wafi Shoppers. Meanwhile our in house DXP MC will be conducting numerous trivia games and awarding Wafi brochures to the winners!
Ballet Week, 30th October - 5 November
Foreigners are impressed by the Russian Ballet show “Russian Stars in Dubai", and we are endlessly proud of it! During the Ballet Week from 30th of October to 5th of November WAFI guests will have a unique chance to see the leading PRIMA BALLERINAS of Russian Ballet - Ekaterina Borchenko and Evgeny Ivanchenko at WAFI Mall. On 30th of October you can meet them and see ballet performances by children, the following two days there will be a "Be a ballerina" master class!
Art Week, 6 -12 November
Art Week from 6th to 12th of November brings yet more surprise, as special guest, the number 1 Sand Animator in the World, Arthur Kirillov comes to Dubai, just for the WAFI Matreshka Festival. On 6th of November, after an autograph session, Arthur will present a unique show just for WAFI and the Matreshka Festival. On Friday, 7th November, Arthur Kirillov will hold a master class and will design a Matryoshka out of sand right in front of your eyes!
Meanwhile, on 7th of November there will be a unique opportunity to attend the book launch of author Yana Gromova’s latest work “Putin” and witness an exhibition about Vladimir Putin inspired art. Author Yana will be happily answering questions about this great character while also signing all books bought on the day!
Music Week, 13-19th of November
Music Week from 13th to 19th of November will be filled not only with the Russian folklor, but also with opera, piano performances, and children singing. Meanwhile, the famous Russian beatboxer Vahtang will perform a unique fusion of the traditional and modern melodies on 14th of October for you! Do not miss the last week of the Festival!
During all the weeks, feel free to come down and treat yourself to a unique exhibition featuring Matreshka from less than 1cm to more than 7 meters in height! The little shoppers will also enjoy a unique assortment of themed arts and crafts activities open just for WAFI shoppers!
See you at the Matreshka Festival!